From the book by Patricia King, God Loves You With An Everlasting Love
GOD CHOSE YOU!
God wanted you! You weren’t a mistake, regardless of the circumstances that surrounded your birth. Perhaps you weren’t planned by your parents or your conception was the result of an unfortunate incident. You need to know that, even in cases as sad as these, God had you in His heart from before the foundation of the world. He planned you. His ultimate desire was for you to be conceived and brought forth in a beautiful, pure atmosphere of parental love and affection. Tragically, everyone has fallen short of His perfect ways because of our sinful, imperfect nature. God planned for you to come forth into the realm of time and fulfill His eternal purpose for your life. Exploring His potential in you is fun!
God actually wanted to have a family. That’s why most folks desire to have children; that desire comes from Him. Mankind has been created in His likeness, and therefore, when you find yourself longing to have children, you are simply identifying with His passion. He wanted children, and that’s why you do, too (unless you’ve been emotionally wounded or have a special call to remain single).
In the beginning, God created trees, flowers, birds, fish, animals, and a host of other earthly and celestial things. He loved everything He created, and each day He said, “It is good” (Genesis 1:1-25, KJV). Even though He was very pleased, He still longed for a precious creation made in His likeness—an object of His affection to fulfill the longing of His righteous heart.
My husband Ron and I did not have children in our first year of marriage. We did, however, have two dogs. Although we enjoyed our dogs and they were like family, they did not satisfy our longing for children. The dogs were nice, but not that nice. There was something inside us that said, “Children, children, children.” That longing was a small taste of what the Lord felt in His heart for us. Dogs, and other creatures, were not enough for Him, either. Although He took pleasure in them, they did not satisfy His desire to have you! Passionate desire for you was burning inside His heart. Envisioning you, He said, “I long for you; I desire to pour out my deep love, kindness, and goodness upon you.”
God deeply desired children; yet, before man was ever created, God knew we were going to blow it. He wasn’t caught off guard—He is the all-knowing One. As a result, before He even created us he initiated a plan to rescue our lives from the power of sin. The Bible calls this act “redemption.” He actually took care for the problem for us before we had even acted out the problem. “The Lamb [was] slain before the foundation of the world”(Revelation 13:8, KJV). God has never been caught off guard by mankind’s failures—and that includes yours!
Years ago, I said to the Lord, “I wouldn’t choose to have children if I knew ahead of time they were going to rebel, betray, and dishonor me. I would be much happier without that type of child! Why, then, did You create us?”
He spoke this clear word to me: “My plan was to prove to mankind that My love would withstand every resistance. I allowed My love to be tested so that you would know it would always stand and never be withdrawn. I am Love. When anyone chooses to come into relationship with Me, they will never, ever, need to doubt My love for them. Knowing I passed every test, they will feel completely secure—and that is My desire.
That’s how much He loves you. Isn’t that amazing? “Behold, what manner of love” is this? (1John 3:6, KJV).
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